The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World
The Lamb Enters the Dreaming traces the life of Nathanael Pepper of the Wotjobaluk people, who was born as the first pastoralists were driving cattle and sheep into Victoria's Wimmera region. In their wake came Christian missionaries, who were just as hostile to the settlers' violence as they were to the traditional beliefs of Aboriginal people.
The extraordinary story of Pepper's conversion to Christianity in 1860, and his subsequent attempts to reconcile the apparently irreconcilable, reveals much about the deeper symbolic and moral forces at work in this collision of cultures.
"...a mystery tour through such matters as translation, language, mission strategy, conversion, totemism, tradition, culture, sorcery, scripture, Darwinianism and evangelicalism. All this is done with a light touch, always with a sense of ongoing puzzlement and of closure still to come … Take your time. Enjoy the ride." – Greg Dening, Age
"I found the Lamb Enters the Dreaming stimulating, challenging some of my own assumptions about missionary encounters. It is also beautifully written. – Peggy Brock, Australian Historical Studies
Robert Kenny is a poet, an author, and a fellow at the Australian Center at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Australian Research Council research fellow at La Trobe University.